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Excerpt: "A Minnesota police officer who was acquitted in last year's fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile will receive $48,500 as he leaves the suburban police department that employed him at the time of the killing."

Diamond Reynolds, center, is comforted during a demonstration outside the Minnesota governor's mansion on July 7, the day after the police-involved fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile. (photo: Jabin Botsford/WP)
Diamond Reynolds, center, is comforted during a demonstration outside the Minnesota governor's mansion on July 7, the day after the police-involved fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile. (photo: Jabin Botsford/WP)


Policeman Who Killed Castile to Get $48,500 in Buyout

By Al Jazeera

11 July 17


Jeronimo Yanez, who shot dead black motorist Castile, to receive severance pay after his acquittal from police force.

Minnesota police officer who was acquitted in last year's fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile will receive $48,500 as he leaves the suburban police department that employed him at the time of the killing, according to a separation agreement.

Jeronimo Yanez will be paid the money in a lump sum, minus applicable deductions and withholdings for state and federal taxes.

Under the five-page agreement, released on Monday, the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony will also pay Yanez for up to 600 hours of accrued and unused personal leave pay.

The city said on Monday that the agreement "ends all employment rights" for Yanez.

Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot by Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016, after Castile told the officer he was armed. Castile had a permit for his gun.

The shooting prompted widespread anger after Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car along with her then-four-year-old daughter, livestreamed its gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez, 29, was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges in June.

On the day of the verdict, the city announced the "public will be best served" if Yanez were no longer an officer.

"Since Officer Yanez was not convicted of a crime, as a public employee, he would have appeal and grievance rights if terminated," it said in a statement. "A reasonable voluntary separation agreement brings to a close one part of this horrible tragedy.

"The City concluded this was the most thoughtful way to move forward and help the community-wide healing process proceed," the statement read.

Under the agreement, the city is released from lawsuits by Yanez. He was given 10 days to consider and sign the agreement and has 15 days to rescind it in writing. The agreement noted the official "date of separation" as June 30.

Castile's uncle, Clarence Castile, said he is glad Yanez will no longer be an officer.

"He should be in jail," the uncle said. "He's like a fish that wiggled his way off a hook. ... Hopefully he won't be able to get a police job in the United States. Because he's a poor example of a police officer."

Yanez had been with the St. Anthony Police Department since November 2011. His annual salary at the time of the shooting was more than $72,600, not including overtime pay, according to documents released by the city.

His acquittal in June led to days of protests, including one in St. Paul that ended with 18 arrests.

At a recent city council meeting, residents of St. Anthony called on the city's mayor to resign.


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+2 # Saberoff 2017-07-11 09:24
Yup, this really let's the Healing Process proceed.
 
 
0 # ChrisCurrie 2017-07-11 11:13
I would never hire him.
 
 
+1 # WallStWallFlowerGirl 2017-07-11 11:16
The silence from NRA zealots not coming forward in anger that this happened is as loud as those who did protest.

Philando had a constitutional right and the permit saying so; he informed the officer in a non-threatening way. Had Philando been a white man from Anytown U.S.A., the NRA would've been front and center and LOUD.

I'm not trying to make this a "race thing"- it IS about race. When I saw the video, reluctantly, I screamed upon the first shot. Philando was killed in cold blood, point blank- and recorded live. Officer Yanez may have walked away from this, but not as a free man. He was given a life sentence: for the rest of his life he will be looking over his shoulder, fearing that retaliation for his crime will come one day.

And that, my friends, is Judge Karma.
 
 
-2 # babaregi 2017-07-11 13:16
Police are nervous around Black men for good reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2CvE5N-1Ss
 
 
-3 # babaregi 2017-07-11 13:18
You want a race war, liberals?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiXhG3mCmV0
 
 
0 # LionMousePudding 2017-07-11 19:58
He'll get hired at a higher salary, in two seconds. There are enough PD which think shooting Blacks is good policy.
 

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